The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Some in the Religious Right call Middle East Peace efforts "Satanic heresy." A look at the political and theological roots of Christian Zionism - and why it puts the world at risk.
An end-times glossary.
Many U.S. evangelicals seek an 'even-handed' Middle East policy.

Features

Churches, human rights groups, border crossers, and civilian militias are mixing it up on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Following Jesus assures us of many things, but not that we're always right.
The Motor City may never lack for drama, but until the Mosaic Youth Theatre came along there were few opportunities for young people to express themselves on stage.
An interview with music-maker, activist, and passionate believer Michelle Shocked.
How kitchen-table lessons in welcome and respect helped sustain the black freedom movement.

Commentary

'What we need is not another feel-good plan, but a serious effort to seek peace.'
Latin American churches tackle 'free' trade.
Private companies are slurping up public water at an alarming rate.
In Israel, is it now okay to kill Americans?

Columns

As [Jesus] came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "If you, even you,
had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!" —Luke 19:41

Is daydreaming a dose of self-medication in a data-processed world?

Gluttony takes a toll on the interior life.

It's morning in Iraq, or, depending on your time zone, afternoon. Then again, it
could be late at night, and you're wondering where the day went.

Culture Watch

Bob Dylan's songs are born again.
Words Made Flesh
There's been a resurgence of entertaining protest - or, at least, protesting entertainers.
The New World, by George Evans. In times like these I savor poetry that is prophecy, that moves nimbly between denunciation and annunciation.
Gathered from various concert performances over the past decade, Don't Talk About Love—a 16-track album that spans a decade of Martyn Joseph's work—plays like
At the Sojourners National Roundtable on Faith, Art, and Social Activism—held in Washington, D.C., in March—Quique Avilés spoke about the role of the artist in bring
You start to get an idea of how Wally Lamb, the editor of Couldn't Keep It to Myself, feels about the authors in his anthology of incarcerated female writers simply fro
Is the Catholic Church heading toward irreversible decline or is it on the verge of transformation?
Justice-focused economists understand that the dominant world financial system is based on con- stant replenishment, and those who are unable for whatever reason to contribute
I avoid movies with car chases and wish more television heroes were not both handsome and single. In my reading, however, I tend to be more open-minded.

Departments

Indigo true purest blue, a man on a cliff waits with open hands and closed eyes to receive a breath.
"That's when I want you—you knower of my emptiness, you unspeaking partner to my sorrow. That's when I need you, God, like food," wrote Rainer Maria Rilke in his Book of Hours.
The Bush administration has launched an attack on laws and regulations protecting the environment that has most environmental watchdogs on the defensive.
Volunteer Opportunities
In early March Sojourners hosted a daylong roundtable on faith, art, and activism.